Category Archives: Gadgets

Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is The Closest You’ll Ever Get to a ‘3DS XL Lite’

Nintendo never runs out of idea when it comes to gaming. No wonder they are on top of their respective field. They are introducing a new portable gaming console in the 3DS family. For gamers out there, you wouldn’t dare to miss this gadget!

When most of us think about Nintendo hardware, we think about the gimmick. The motion controls of the Wii, the second screen of the Nintendo DS, the stereoscopic visuals of the 3DS and the duality of the Nintendo Switch. These innovations define Nintendo’s brand — but it’s not the only hallmark of Nintendo hardware.

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The company is as much of a house of iteration as it is innovation, particularly when it comes to portable gaming. Almost every one of its handheld consoles — from the original GameBoy to the Nintendo DS — has been revised, retooled and released in a new form. Nintendo has made five versions of its original 3DS hardware, and it’s about to release one more: The New Nintendo 2DS XL.

  • Pros
    Plays ever 3DS game on the market
    More comfortable controls than previous model
    Easy access to external storage
  • Cons
    Shorter battery life than the New 3DS XL
    Uncomfortably short stylus
    Speakers are just okay

Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/new-nintendo-2ds-xl-review

 

High-Def Camera Maker Red Announces 3D Smartphone

Wow! Technology really upgrades fast. This good news will surely shake the world of smartphone. Red will make it as a trend  and I  guess within 5 years or probably less than that, all smartphone will have a 3D camera.

The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7-in “retina-riveting” holographic display, runs Google’s Android OS and incorporates a new high-speed data bus and an “ever-expanding modular component system.”

What the company called “nanotechnology” will allow the smartphone to seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multiview content, 3D content and interacting games, which can be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes.

“Wearable displays not spoken here,” the company stated in a press release. “It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content.”

Red said it has also created its own file type, called “Hydrogen 4-View content.” Like Apple’s iCloud service, video and photos will automatically be stored via the company’s Red Channel, which also users to stream holographic games and movies.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3206585/mobile-wireless/high-def-camera-maker-red-announces-3d-smartphone.html

Nokia 3310 Luxury ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ Edition Launched at $2,468

I think the biggest news that really hit the politics this half-month of the year was the handshake of Putin and Trump that was caught in the camera. So if you are a fan of these two powerful men, better get your hand on this limited edition of Nokia 3310.

Nokia 3310 (2017) has been one of the most popular phones that came out this year and it seems like the feature phone has now received a luxury treatment as well. The ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ edition of the revamped Nokia 3310, which has been created in honour of the meeting between the president of the US and Russia at G20 international forum, is now available for purchase at a premium price of around $2,468 (roughly Rs. 1.6 lakhs).

The Nokia 3310 Putin-Trump Summit edition has been created by Russian phone customiser Caviar and comes with all the standard features offered by the regular variant but has a luxurious leather casing that has stripes of ‘Black Velvet’, as pointed out in a report by Neowin. With its name, it would obviously be a shame if the phone did not come with a gold plated circular emblem with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in it, and the phone doesn’t disappoint.

The case is made up of tempered titanium of VT-23 grade and the coating is a damask steel pattern. If you are thinking that there hasn’t been much thought put into the product, you are wrong. Caviar says that the emblem shows both Donald Trump and Putin looking in the same direction, which shows the common desire for progress in Russian-American relations from both the world leaders.

Read more: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/nokia-3310-putin-trump-summit-edition-price-gold-leather

 

What to Do If You Break Your Samsung Galaxy S8’s Screen

A new series of Samsung Galaxy is out in the market. But some owners have concern over the screen. You don’t have to worry for that since Samsung already had the solution  before they release this new model. Find out how in this article.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a premium smartphone known the world round for its beautiful aesthetics, all-glass body — and, of course, its immense fragility. So what happens when the gorgeous handset hits the floor and a crack spiders across its delicate exterior?

This is the question that many Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners are asking themselves, as reports of this weakness have turned out to be true. There are some great Samsung Galaxy S8 cases out there, but what recourse do owners have when an accidental drop turns out to be an expensive mistake?

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Let’s take a look at the different options for owners and the likeliness they will need to use them.

Just How Fragile is the S8?

We’ve heard about fragile phones before: the prettier they get, the less durable they often prove to be. In 2016, many consumers wondered about how easily the Galaxy S7 Edge would break and expressed concerns. But little did they know that a more fragile successor was on its way.

Insurance provider SquareTrade conducted their usual drop test with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ this year. Not only did they find out that the devices are very prone to cracks — but they are basically the most fragile handsets the company has ever tested.

The breakability of a device is measured on a scale of 100: the closer to 100 it is, the more fragile the smartphone.

The Galaxy S8 scored 76 on the scale, while the S8+ scored 77. This is classified as a “medium-high risk.” According to the company, the S8 is the first phone they’ve ever tested that has cracked on the first drop on all sides (e.g. front fall, back fall, edge, etc.).

Read more: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-to-do-break-samsung-galaxy-s8-screen

 

See Through Walls with This Smart Phone Add-On Camera

A pocket size camera that for home improvement is making a buzz in the market. It can be used to detect plumbing leaks, HVAC issues and many more. Grab it while it’s still hot!

Imagine plugging a pocket-sized camera device into your smart phone and then being able to see leaky pipes or ductwork inside walls. That’s what the Seek Thermal™ camera does.

Though thermal imaging previously required special gear costing thousands of dollars, the Seek Thermal™ camera sells for from $199 to $249 and is available through Amazon.com, Thermal.com, or Home Depot.

Mounted onto an iOS or Android phone, this tiny thermal camera accessory allows you to view, take photos, or shoot video that literally sees heat, revealing pipes, ductwork, insulation, and much more. It can find a myriad of hidden problems around the house.

What This Camera Will Do

“Some of the most cited uses have been around home improvement and construction applications,” said Seek Thermal VP of Sales, Tim LeBeau. “From finding air leaks around doors, HVAC issues, identifying drafty windows, or seeing electrical problems, use in and around the home have allowed thousands of people to see the unseen.”

Here are a variety of common uses:

  • Identify sources of energy loss, such as leaky windows and doors, broken heating ducts, and insufficient insulation
  • Trace water damage in a wall or across a ceiling to its source
  • Identify the location of pipes and pipe clogs

Read more: https://www.hometips.com/buying-guides/thermal-imaging-camera.html

 

Sony Unveils the Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR Display, 19 MP Camera & Snapdragon 835

Sony released last February the new Xperia that will probably be called the premium smartphone because of its high-end specifications. And yesterday it was announced that it is now available for pre-order. For those who are curious about this latest smartphone, check out the article below.

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Sony hit MWC 2017 in full gallop, announcing four different additions to its Xperia lineup on Monday, February 27, 2017: the XZ Premium, XZs, XA1, and XA1 Ultra.

Sony’s flagship phone for 2017, the XZ Premium, packs some hard-hitting specs that’ll give other top-tier handsets a run for their money. It will run Android 7.1 Nougat, and a revolutionary camera and groundbreaking screen technology are among its most notable features. Here are more details on these features, which Sony hopes will set it apart form the rest of the crowd.

19 MP ‘Motion Eye’ Camera with Predictive Capture

The Xperia XZ Premium’s camera was redesigned from the ground up with an entirely new process inspired by Sony’s CyberShot line of digital cameras. Using a memory-stacked process, the XZ premium’s 19-megapixel shooter can record in super slow motion at an impressive 960 frames per second, hence the name “Motion Eye.”

The Motion Eye camera also employs a predictive capture system which automatically detects movement and starts to buffer before the image is even captured, which should help reduce shutter lag and capture pictures a lot faster. It can also simultaneously snap four pictures with each press of the shutter button to ensure you catch the right image every time.

Read more: https://android.gadgethacks.com/news/sony-unveils-xperia-xz-premium-with-4k-hdr-display-19-mp-camera-snapdragon-835-0176359

 

The 49″ Samsung CHG90 QLED Requires a Learning Curve

For those who are into gaming and need a large screen, I recommend you to try the latest Samsung’s 49-inch QLED.  This is a dream monitors to all gamers out there. Check out why  this latest gadget is the talk of the town today!

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It’s difficult to imagine returning to a single screen after years of doubling up with two monitors at home (my current setup: an Apple iMac linked to a secondary older model Thunderbolt Cinema Display). The premise of switching back to a single screen seems an undesirable downgrade, considering all of the benefits two screens offers. Then this 49-inch wide Samsung CHG90 QLED Monitor appeared on the radar, and suddenly, going solo doesn’t seem quite the unreasonable proposition.

Outfitted with an immersive 3840×1080 pixel resolution, ultra-wide 32:9 curved screen, the Samsung 49″ CHG90 QLED requires enough desk real estate to handle its enormous expanse – for all intent and purposes, the equivalent of two 24″ displays fused into a single continuous screen (the wide supportive base shares strong semblance to the stands outfitting Samsung’s current line of televisions).

Aimed at gamers, Samsung gave their technological flagship and conversation piece all the bells and whistles: Quantum Dot nanocrystals specs, the rainbow offered by DCI-P3 color gamut support, and in service of gamer’s interests, HDR-ready AMD FreeSync 2, and an all important 144 Hz refresh rate for fasting moving games.

Read more: http://design-milk.com/samsung-chg90-qled-gaming-monitor

 

Gadgets You’ll Want in Your First Apartment

There are times when we have to stay in an apartment in the course of our work. If you are techie person you would really want to buy this latest gadgets to make yourself comfortable at your new apartment.

Getting your first post-college apartment is a major life step. Finally, a place of your own, even if you have roommates.

Some things probably followed you from college though, like a futon that should be left out on the curb (maybe you even found it there), a beanbag chair or two, and the twinkle lights that you’ve convinced yourself “set a mood.”

But just because you can’t afford a remodeled condo on your own just yet doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the tech. Depending on your paycheck, you might even be able to afford some of the finer things that technology has to offer. You can get an TV without worrying that it will crash to the ground at a kegger, an air conditioner that might just be smarter than you are (new diploma notwithstanding), and a robot that does the cleaning for you.

Check out the list below for a few recommendations on gadgets to pad out your new pad.

High Wire Act

Ikea’s wireless charging furniture is aimed at those who can’t stand the messy look of cords ruining their home’s aesthetic. The collection, which supports the Qi wireless charging standard, ranges in price from $14.99 to $129.99 and includes several different lamps (floor, table, work), two different styles of bedside tables, and simple charging pads (pictured).

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Read more: http://www.pcmag.com/feature/323830/gadgets-you-ll-want-in-your-first-apartment

 

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

I’ve seen one of my friends doing this type of thing. Although he owns one, he also tried using his smartphone as a substitute for his Nintendo Switch. And I’m amazed by looking at the gadget. So for those who want to try this, you can read this article for further instructions.

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can—with a few upgrades.

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You probably occasionally use your smartphone as a portable gaming machine, although limited to just quick rounds of Candy Crush as you ride the subway every day. But a modern smartphone, with a beefy processor and a decent-sized display, can do almost everything the Nintendo Switch can (sadly Breath of the Wild will still be out of your reach).

In fact, your smartphone might actually offer a few upgrades over the Switch! There are far more games available, including emulators that let you play classic titles from almost any console. Though you’ll need to put in a little effort if you want to play old Zelda games on your iPhone.

Besides games, your phone almost certainly offers a better visual experience than the Switch does. Nintendo chose to use an LCD display limited to a resolution of just 1280×720 pixels and many smartphones are capable of at least full 1920×1080 HD resolutions with color saturation and fidelity that far outperform the Switch’s screen.

Read more: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-turn-your-smartphone-into-an-almost-nintendo-s-1794899293

 

8 Gadgets Every Nursery Needs

 

Busy parents do not get enough time to be with their baby throughout the day. They have nannies to take care of them but as a parent it is still our top responsibility to look after them. That’s why nursery gadgets are a big help to every busy parent. Take a look of the top nursery gadgets that might help you in the future.

Parenting can be a tough gig. Between the endless feedings and diaper changes and the sleepless nights, it can be hard to catch a break. Of course, the coos and cuddles make it all worthwhile, but some extra help—and a little peace of mind—goes a long way.

Making your list of nursery needs? Make life a little easier (and safer) for you and your little one by investing in these must-have nursery gadgets.

  1. A Video Monitor

    Ok. Maybe you don’t absolutely need a video monitor. But this handy gadget will save you a lot of legwork, especially in those early months where every unfamiliar sound from baby’s crib feels like cause for concern. A quick check of the monitor offers all the reassurance of a sneak peek without the risk of startling your little one, allowing for more frequent check-ins. Video monitors can also be useful while sleep training or for monitoring recently-liberated toddlers boasting big-kid-bed status. The price tag may be a little heftier than your conventional audio-only monitor, but many parents find that the benefits of one-click-baby-surveillance outweigh the cost.

    Need a money-saving alternative? Check out this amazing video monitor hack.

Read more: https://www.thespruce.com/gadgets-every-nursery-needs-2504887